State School Superintendent
Sunday, October 12, 2014
Airs at 7:00PM on Georgia Public Broadcasting.
Participating candidates: Valarie Wilson and Richard Woods
Sunday, October 19, 2014
Airs at 6:30PM on Georgia Public Broadcasting.
Participating candidates: Casey Cagle and Connie Stokes
Sunday, October 19, 2014
Airs LIVE from 7:00 – 8:00PM on Georgia Public Broadcasting.
Participating candidates: Jason Carter, Nathan Deal and Andrew Hunt
Click here for full schedule.
Find out where candidates for Governor, Lt. Governor, and State School Superintendent stand on education issues.
Read their responses after the fold or click here to view.
Retired Teacher: "Teachers’ days are filled with paperwork, data, RTI documentation and data collection with very little time to teach."
From a Letter to the Editor in the Savannah Morning News:
I am a retired educator, with 22 years in Savannah-Chatham County public school system and nine years up North.
The reason I retired last year was I did not like the direction education was going.
Instead of focusing on the students, focus has now turned to the collection of useless information to appease powers that be.
The reason most people go into teaching is their love of learning and passing it on to their students. Gone are the days of field trips, cooking in class and doing a project just because the students had an interest.
There is no time for silliness, singing or any spontaneous activity. Now each day is filled with lessons that allow for no creativity.
Teachers’ days are filled with paperwork, data, RTI documentation and data collection with very little time to teach. And when they do teach, it is with lessons that are prefabricated.
There are no more teachable moments because of strict timelines put on lessons. The amount of non-age appropriate material that teachers are expected to teach to their students is ridiculous.
These educators went to college and have various degrees on how to teach with best practices without being given the opportunity to use their knowledge.
People who have not been in the classroom or have been out for years have no idea what a teacher’s day is like. Yet, they make all the decisions.
Each department has different requirements they expect teachers to accomplish. There is no communication between departments, so the load on the teachers amplifies.
I urge each administrator, teacher, parent and student to call Superintendent Thomas Lockamy, their school board member and the State Department of Education to stand up for our teachers instead of knocking them down.
This current way of educating our students is not effectively preparing them for the future.
On September 11, 2014, the Athens-Clarke Board of Education voted unanimously in favor of a resolution "requesting the removal of the undue burden caused by the state of Georgia...and excessive reliance on test scores."
View the full text of the resolution after the fold.
Public education has been under constant attack across our nation, which has created a misguided and misinformed national crisis of confidence in our public schools. But many people in Athens know what we know, that there is much to celebrate, value and treasure about public education. As the producers of the documentary film, GO PUBLIC: A Day in the Life of an American School District, we want to give a very grateful shout out to some committed Athens parents and to your local theatre Ciné for organizing and hosting last week's benefit screening of our film. From the moment we discussed the Athens event, we knew they shared our heartbeat for public education, and that the similarities and challenges in your Athens GA schools and our Pasadena CA schools are familiar indeed.
The themes running throughout the film are universal and help raise awareness and understanding about the complexity of needs served every day in our public schools, the effort and dedication of those involved, the innovation and excellence that occur in unexpected ways and the urgent need for communities everywhere to support and
advocate for their local public schools. Elementary school Principal Frances Weisenberger says in the film, "Unless you have been in the schools, unless you have walked through those doors, unless you have had an opportunity to see all the wonderful things that are happening, it's really hard to make a call on how our schools are doing." And 82 year old 1st grade volunteer Gloria Reynolds sums up why everyone, everywhere should care, "Public education is the most important thing in a democracy. It is the great equalizer and opens doors of opportunity for all."